U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is participating in voluntary standard activities related to frame infant carriers. CPSC staff worked with the ASTM F15.21 Infant Carriers, Bouncers and Baby Swings Subcommittee to develop a standard containing performance requirements for ASTM F 2549-06 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Frame Child Carriers. A frame carrier is of sewn fabric construction on a tubular metal or other frame, which is designed to contain a child in an upright position on the back of the caregiver.
In 2006, there were an estimated 14,200 carrier-related injuries (excluding motor vehicle incidents) treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. This figure includes infant car seats/carriers as well as frame and soft carriers (including slings). CPSC staff also has reports of 17 carrier-related deaths involving infants that occurred from 2002-2004.
CPSC staff is continuing to work with ASTM to address issues related to stability and kick stands for frame carriers.